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Health Department Uses the Summer Institute to Reach Goals

In 2013, the Public Health Division at the Wyoming Department of Health sent 15 staff to NWCPHP's Summer Institute.

At the 2013 Summer Institute, public health professionals from Wyoming made an impressive showing.

March 24, 2014

Last summer, 15 staff members from the Wyoming Department of Health Public Health Division attended NWCPHP’s annual Summer Institute. To find out more about what drew these participants to the Institute, we asked Wendy Braund, State Health Officer and Senior Administrator for the Public Health Division, for more details.

Was the level of participation from Wyoming in the 2013 Summer Institute something that was promoted by the Public Health Division’s leadership team? If so, why?

We continually look for ways to build our team and thought this would be a good opportunity for staff to participate in a quality training in an environment that encourages discussion and learning. At the Division, we are having more discussions about accreditation and how to increase staff readiness for accreditation. As we focus more on public health from a Division perspective, not just a program perspective, our staff members have shown excitement and interest in enhancing their skills.

How was it possible to fund this level of participation in the Summer Institute?

Each year, our Public Health Preparedness Unit provides a number of tuition scholarships to the Summer Institute. Last summer, we were fortunate to have enough carryover from our National Public Health Improvement Initiative (NPHII) grant to support additional tuition scholarships, as well as travel, thus lowering the barrier of cost of travel and related travel, which many of our programs do not have built into their budgets.

Have you noticed any positive results from the training that staff received at the Summer Institute?

Yes. Last summer, we completed a division-wide training assessment in support of one of the tracks of work in the Public Health Division Strategic Map ("Foster a Competent, Flexible Workforce"). Based upon the results of their assessment, all staff have at least one goal incorporated into their annual performance appraisal that targets improvement in one of the public health core competencies. Staff have noted that participation in the Summer Institute enabled them to progress toward or even achieve that goal.

Also, according to verbal feedback, it appears the training was especially beneficial to staff who are looking to advance in their careers. It gave them opportunity to practice policy and management techniques they don't encounter in their day-to-day work.

Organizations looking to send a group to the 2014 Summer Institute can sign up today. Learn more about our group discount rates and this year's exciting line-up of courses.

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